What every best Convertible Car Seats has:
- Adequate height and weight limits.
- LATCH system for easy installation.
- Adjustable harness heights.
This website by the authors of "Baby Bargains" picks a best overall convertible, a budget choice and a compact convertible for urban parents. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to inform their picks and link to reviews of other popular seats. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.
The editors of BabyGearLab.com review a dozen popular convertible car seats, rating them on factors including ease of installation, ease of use, comfort and quality. Product reviews are highly descriptive and detailed, going through each car seat feature by feature and discussing how it fared during testing.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test more than 30 convertible car seats on crash protection, ease of use and ease of installation using both LATCH and seat belts. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' "highs" and "lows" for each seat -- helpful for parents who want a quick summary of each seat. It can be unclear when the tests were performed.
This website, run by professional child passenger safety technicians and instructors, names a number of convertible car seats to its recommended list based on technicians' experiences with a wide range of seats. Short reviews note key features as well as drawbacks, and the page links to longer, more detailed reviews.
This website, run by professional child passenger safety technicians and instructors, names a number of convertible car seats to its recommended list based on technicians' experiences with a wide range of seats. Short reviews note pros and cons, and the page links to longer, more detailed reviews.
NHTSA testers evaluate most convertible car seats currently on the market for overall ease of use. Evaluations of a seat's labels, instructions, ease of use and installation features contribute to the overall one-to-five-star ranking. The rankings are unbiased, but they do not account for safety features or owners' opinions.
Matthew DeLauder is a Child Passenger Safety Technician who researched 22 convertible car seats and tested five. He also considered expert and owner reviews for his recommendations. Testing included installations in three vehicles, an evaluation of each seat's instructions, and measurements to assess how much room seats took up in back seats.
BabyCenter.com's Moms' Picks are based on a survey of thousands of parents. This page lists the top six convertible car seats from that survey and includes parent quotes about what stands out about each model.
LuciesList.com is a site devoted to recommending the best baby gear for new parents. Founder Meg Collins is a former Child Passenger Safety Technician who recommends several convertible seats at a variety of price points. She also provides a helpful overview of convertible car seats and recommends certain models for parents who need seats for three-across installations, compact cars or flying.
Amazon.com is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of car seats. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with the seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
Walmart.com is a solid source for customer reviews of car seats, particularly budget models. Owners rate seats on a one-to-five-star scale, and reviews can be sorted by "most helpful" and "newest" among other criteria. There are a good number of reviews, but the information generally isn't as detailed as it is at some other sites.
Babies "R" Us is another good source for customer reviews of car seats, particularly popular seats and those exclusively sold at Babies "R" Us. Owners rate seats on a one-to-five-star scale, and the site offers a helpful snapshot of reviewers' pros and cons. However, information generally isn't as detailed as it is at some other online consumer sites.